125.6 hp per liter
(from Audi Press
Release) Winter sports and functionality – the Audi Q3 Vail
• Compact SUV as a
themed vehicle at the auto show in Detroit
• New, practical solutions and many individual design highlights
• 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged engine developing 231 kW
(314 hp) and 400 Nm (295.02 lb-ft)
Audi is unveiling a
themed vehicle of a special kind at the North American International
Auto Show in Detroit – the Audi Q3 Vail with an output of 231 kW
(314 hp). The compact SUV, which is named after the famous winter
sports venue in the United States, unites a powerful presence with a
sporty lifestyle. The Q3 Vail is a highlight of the young model
series that only launched in 2011.
The Audi Q3 Vail represents a new, potential variation on the SUV
concept. The themed vehicle has been designed for young fans of
winter sports who love skiing or snowboarding. The Audi Q3 Vail is a
sporty and robust compact SUV offering many practical attributes, an
elegant appearance and individual design highlights.
The themed vehicle is painted in the color developed specially for
it – Energy Red. The red paint contains golden pearlescent
particles. The add-on body parts are in matt gray quartz-based
paint, and underline the vehicle’s robust and rugged appearance. The
high-gloss package, a characteristic feature of the model line,
enhances the area around the windows with eye-catching elements in
aluminum and high-gloss black.
Vertical struts made from aluminum are integrated in the
single-frame grille. They extend across the full height of the
grille. In the area of the horizontal panel, which carries the
license plate on series-built vehicles, they are pulled outwards to
The struts exhibit the bicolor theme that the Audi designers
developed for the Q3 Vail: their lateral edges are painted in matt
quartz-based paint, and the slim front faces have a high-gloss
In the headlights the zones in the lower area of the light-guide
elements, which generate the daytime running lights, are painted
anthracite. The side air inlets further emphasize the themed
vehicle’s powerful appearance; their top areas are covered by solid
aluminum panels. The underbody guard beneath the front end is also
made from aluminum.
Eyecatching features on the sides of the Q3 Vail are the flared
wheel arches and running boards, which Audi is to incorporate into
the extensive range of Q3 accessories. The restyled aluminum roof
rails are specially designed for transporting skis and snowboards –
these two items of sports equipment are made from carbon fiber.
The front roof-rail support integrates compact, energy-efficient,
wide-angled LED lights that illuminate the area around the Audi Q3
Vail. They are controlled via buttons in the roof module.
The Audi Q3 Vail is fitted with five-arm wheels in 8.5 J x 20
format. Mirroring the single-frame grille, their visible edges have
a high-gloss finish, while the inside areas feature the same matt
quartz-based paint. The off-road tires are size 255/45. Track width
has increased 40 millimeters (1.57 inches) at the front and rear
compared to series-built models, and the body is 30 millimeters
(1.18 inches) higher. The themed vehicle also features unique
solutions at the back – the two tailpipes of the dual-branch exhaust
system are integrated in the diffuser and underbody guard area.
In the interior of the Audi Q3 Vail, three colors offer an ambience
of sophistication and sporty elegance – black, gray and red. The
headlining is made from titanium gray Alcantara; large parts of the
interior, including the carpet, are black. The black, ribbed floor
mats are edged with narrow strips of red velvet-finish leather.
An innovative leather/fabric material is used for the upholstery –
thin strips of leather just a few tenths of a millimeter wide, are
interwoven with yarn. The upholstery features piping with double
seams; like the contrasting stitching, the piping is red. Small
sections of the upholstery are made from red velvet-finish leather –
a hardwearing material that looks similar to nubuck leather at first
glance, but in fact has a finer structure. The segments integrated
in the door trims are also in red velvet-finish leather, trimmed in
steel gray Fine Nappa leather.
The entire instrument panel in the themed vehicle is trimmed in
black Fine Nappa leather. Contrasting stitching in titanium gray is
an elegant highlight. The leather across the hood of the instrument
cluster is steel gray with red contrasting stitching. This color
scheme is replicated on the door armrests at the front and rear. The
front section of the center tunnel also has a leather trim.
The inlays around the S tronic selector level, at the front of the
cockpit and in the doors comprise a three-dimensional stainless
steel mesh that requires a complex manufacturing process. The
selector lever features a high-gloss black ring and an aluminum
badge with a milled “Q3 Vail” signature. The lever gaiter is
enhanced by red stitching.
Aluminum takes center stage in the instrument cluster. The most
striking elements are the metal dials around the speedometer and rev
counter. They were made using a rotary-grinding process. Metal is
also used on their rings and around the edges of the control lights.
Horizontal bars and small fins give the dials and needle centers a
sporty, three-dimensional look. The leather steering wheel features
red contrasting stitching and an aluminum trim. Behind it are two
large shift paddles for manually controlling the seven-speed S
tronic. The footrest and the pedals have thin pads made from rubber.
Slits offer a glimpse of the stainless steel beneath the pads.
In some parts of the interior the trims are in high-gloss black –
the display and control elements on top of them appear to float.
This applies to the area surrounding the driver information system,
the zone around the air vents, the periphery of the MMI terminal and
the row of switches on the center console. Aluminum inserts give the
black switches an air of sophistication. Chrome trims adorn the
controls of the air conditioning system; the air vents have black
ribs and chrome-trimmed rotary knobs.
The soft keys for the MMI navigation plus system are made from
aluminum, while the control terminal benefits visually from narrow
strips of the same material. The monitor, which can be folded out
manually, has a trim that matches the surface of the instrument
panel. The system includes an animation showing the longitudinal and
latitudinal tilt angle of the Audi Q3 Vail. In regions that are not
included in the map data, the MMI navigation plus system logs the
GPS coordinates of the route – for assistance during the return
The interior of the Audi Q3 Vail includes two practical devices for
winter sports fans. The side wall of the trunk houses a charging
station. It can be used for storing flashlights and charging them
inductively at the same time. The same technology is used for the
Thermos bottle. It is located in the cup holder between the front
seats and is able to chill or warm drinks. Both devices have LEDs
that show the current charge level. One attractive extra is that, in
addition to LED lighting, the flashlights incorporate an infra-red
heating element that can be used for warming your hands or a pair of
Another intelligent solution in the themed vehicle is the trunk mat,
which has integrated heated seat cushions. The mat can be folded out
and laid over the loading lip. This protects the trunk edge while
the vehicle is being loaded or unloaded, and also provides a warm
area to sit on when putting on or taking off your ski boots. Small
LED spotlights on the inside of the tailgate provide light.
The Audi Q3 Vail features a 2.5-liter five-cylinder TFSI engine with
direct injection and turbocharging that generates an output of 231
kW (314 hp) and 400 Nm (295.02 lb-ft) of torque from a displacement
of 2,480 cc.
The engine’s five cylinders are consecutively numbered; red
wrinkled-finish paint has been applied to the cylinder head cover. A
panel made from carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) partially
covers the engine, and the air filter is also protected against
dirt. There is a decorative trim made from plastic around the engine
compartment. The acoustic mat on the inside of the engine hood has a
“Q3 Vail” logo embroidered in dark gray.
The power of the turbocharged five-cylinder unit is transferred to
the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system via a seven-speed S
tronic transmission. The Audi Q3 Vail accelerates from zero to 100
km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.5 seconds and continues to a top speed of 262
km/h (162.80 mph).